A question about login shells

Kevin Somervill ksomervi at brokenlogo.com
Mon Aug 22 17:29:01 PDT 2005

So I followed the BLFS 6.0 procedure and I have an unexpected 
environment "detail".  When I login via a VT, I get the usual shell with 
a prompt like

[ksomervi] $

per the setting of PS1 as expected. However, when I startx or login 
through xdm to twm or xfce, any terminal window launched shows a prompt like


which isn't what I expected.  Poking around, it's clear that the profile 
  scripts are not being sourced, that is, I don't get an interactive 
login shell like I would expect.  To work around this, I set 
'XTerm*loginShell:  True' in my .Xdefaults file, but I'm wondering if 
I've goofed something up along the way.

Any suggestions or explanations for this behavior?


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